City to try open container ordinance during eclipse

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Dustin Duncan
Carbondale Times


In hopes to create more of a festival-like atmosphere this weekend, downtown Carbondale will allow individuals to move within a certain boundary with open alcohol containers. 

From Friday to Monday, alcoholic beverages purchased from a licensed liquor establishment downtown may be possessed in plastic containers between Jackson and Mill Streets, and University Avenue and Washington Street from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

The city says coolers and outside beverages will not be allowed. When purchasing an alcohol beverage within an establishment and you want to take it outside, simply ask an employee if they will pour your drink in a plastic cup and you’re free to wander outside. There will be signs posted to tell individuals where alcohol is permitted. 

“Let’s say you visit the Newell House for a glass of wine. Your friends want to venture outside to listen to the music at Shadow Fest. Before you leave this licensed liquor establishment, trade in your glass bottle or aluminum can for a plastic cup,” Carbondale Public Relations Officers Amy Fox said in a recent column in The Times. “Then, you’re allowed to move from one location to the next within the alcohol zone.” 

The city will provide bars and restaurants with bright-colored wristbands. Fox says the idea is for liquor establishments to issue the wristbands to people who are 21 and older. 

“This will hopefully make it easier for bartenders to identify people of legal drinking age,” Fox said. 

The open container law reverts to regular Carbondale alcohol laws on Monday night at 11:01 p.m.